Social Support and Self- Care Behaviour among Heart Failure Patients

Husna Ahmad Ainuddin, Siti Salwa Talib, Mohd Zhafran Zainal Abidin, Diana Katiman


Heart failure is a disease that could cause a significant medical burden. This study aims to determine the relationship between social support and self-care behaviour among heart failure patients. Thirty patients from a Clinical Training Centre participated in this cross-sectional study. Instruments used in the study were the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) and The European Heart Failure Self-care Behaviour Scale-9 item (EHFSCBC). The results showed that there was a relationship between social support and self-care behaviour (r=0.40, p<0.05). Awareness of the impact of social support on self-care behaviour is vital for heart failure patients and their families.

Keywords: Heart failure, social support, self-care behaviour

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Heart failure, social support, self-care behavior

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